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Buddha's Brew - Jester King Brewery

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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 75
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
The first Jester King beer to be brewed entirely in oak. Unfermented wort was racked directly to oak barrels and inoculated with souring bacteria. From there, it spent months aging in our barrel room before being blended with live kombucha at bottling. Unfiltered, unpasteurized & naturally carbonated through re-fermentation in the bottle.

(Beer added by: brandon911 on 09-16-2012)
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Reviews by LittleDon:
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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Straw color and very hazy. The head lasted about a minute then disappeared. No lace. Bread dough aroma when first poured. Oak and fruit come out as it warms. Lightly toasted sourdough bread, oak, sour fruit. Mild bitterness after the finish. Viscous medium body mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation.

02-04-2013 22:54:34 | More by LittleDon
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-21-2014 23:19:52 | More by TxHopHead4
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

01-05-2014 06:03:54 | More by Ben7773
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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

Glad to see a new sour from Jester King.

The beer pours a hazy, straw yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is full of wheat and a lactic sourness. I also get a little bit of pepper. The flavor is similar. There is a good bit of lemon and tart wheat notes, as well as a hint of oak and some light funk notes. As the beer warms the oak gets a little more pronounced. The sourness is not too intense, more like what you would find in a Berliner Weiss. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An incredibly easy drinking sour that would go very well on a hot summer day. Still, I wonder if this beer would be better and more complex with additional age on it since it tastes a bit young.

11-28-2012 02:30:41 | More by Mora2000
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2.43/5  rDev -38.9%

Appearance - Cloudy, Straw yellow, little to no head, but good effervescence.

Smell - REEKS of Kombucha! Dried grape/raisin notes, wheat malt, & Lemon. Pretty funky... Can't tell for sure if the funk stems from the Tea or the bacteria alone.

Taste - Tons of Kombucha funkiness, dominated by the whiskey top-note from the barrel aging. Sharp acidity, and lingering twang.

Mouthfeel - Rich Lactic mouthfeel. Good Carbonation.

Overall - I went into this beer without very high expectations, seeing as I'm not really a fan of Kombucha tea. I AM a huge fan of the sour style, however, and have enjoyed many of JK's experimental beers. (Boxer's Revenge was pretty boss.) I look forward to Funk Metal, but this was just not the beer for me, although it may appeal to some. All in all, an interesting take on the style.

11-28-2012 03:04:48 | More by StuporJew
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-28-2013 19:38:23 | More by acurtis
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

02-07-2013 05:59:31 | More by TJ008
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-12-2014 21:27:22 | More by JasonSiedman
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-16-2012 23:45:48 | More by weonfire
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

09-28-2013 16:45:45 | More by Indytruks138
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

03-24-2014 00:53:18 | More by mhenson42
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-29-2012 15:41:30 | More by jheezee
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

05-15-2013 00:58:47 | More by huskermike12
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3.6/5  rDev -9.5%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very pale hazy yellow. No head.

Smell - All sorts of lemony acids. A variety of aromas. A little bit floral and grainy.

Taste - Very sour. Lemon citrus sourness. Not a lot else going on, but it's pretty good.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Well carbonated. Nice sourness.

Overall - Tasty beer that might have suffered from being too late in the tasting.

06-10-2013 02:25:02 | More by Alieniloquium
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-07-2013 09:01:22 | More by beergorrilla
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

10-20-2012 18:13:34 | More by dumptruck81
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South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -1%

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one at a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a pale golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, sour, tart, fruit, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, funk, sour, tart, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. There were some nice notes going on here with a fairly good balance. Upon first inspection of the nose I wasn’t really expecting anything really special for the style, however on the flavor I did find it to be quite good. The fruit aspect was what truly made this one on the flavor. It was quite refreshing and rather enjoyable. Glad I got the chance to try this one.

03-28-2013 11:22:47 | More by thagr81us
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

02-22-2013 05:50:27 | More by GRG1313
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

01-15-2013 02:24:07 | More by BruceBruce
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

01-18-2013 20:56:14 | More by bccocx
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3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

I really like this beer. It's got a really interesting smell. I would love to have it fully carbonated but it still has a nice enjoyable acidity. You can really tell the tea comes through in the beer, I would imagine it is stronger on cask. Fun beer to drink, not my favorite of theirs but I like it a lot.

On cask at the hay merchant in Houston.

11-16-2012 04:17:40 | More by cfrobrew
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -5%

Thanks willandperry!

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear pale straw gold colour with a finger of fizzy white head that disappears almost immediately.

Smell. Sweet wheat and some slight lactic sourness. Maybe just a little barrel wood.

Taste. Very sour with a bit of lemon and green apple, a bit of sweet wheat and damp old barrel.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with low but fairly lively carbonation.

Overall. Reminded me of a sour berliner. Nothing bad about this beer, just nothing amazing. Refreshing and sour though. I would drink it again for sure.

06-17-2013 03:24:32 | More by Rutager
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4.34/5  rDev +9%

A: This beer pours a yellow body with a thin white head that quickly fades away to nothing.

S: I am getting a sour tartness with some oak and a little bit of fruit too. Sort of reminds me of sour candy.

T: OH HELL YEAH! The flavor is so nice with the sour candy flavor with the wheat mixed in there perfectly. As the beer lingers the wheat becomes more dominent and also has a fruity flavor.

M: There is a nice bit of carbonation and a very thin body. The carbonation tingles all over tongue.

O: This is another great beer by Jester King. Every sour they have done has really hit the spot. I am glad I bought a few bottles of this.

11-22-2012 05:06:01 | More by gtermi
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

12-21-2012 15:32:15 | More by mendvicdog
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

03-10-2013 16:37:53 | More by Johnnyramirez
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Buddha's Brew from Jester King Brewery
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